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AMA Citation Style: Books

Citation Tips:

Citation Tips

Do not abbreviate the year. Remember to always use the full year when citing.

ANSWER:

  • Correct: 2004
  • Wrong: 04 or '04

AMA Books: What should I cite?

A complete reference to a print book includes the following:
  • Authors' surnames and first and middle initials: 3.7
  • Chapter title (when cited): 3.9
  • Surname and first and middle initials of book authors or editors or translator: 3.12.5
  • Title of book as well as the subtitle - if any : 3.9
  • Volume number and volume title, when there is more than 1 volume: 3.12.6
  • Edition number - do not indicate first edition: 3.12.7
  • Place of publication: 3.12.8 also see 14.5
  • Name of publisher: 3.12.9
  • Year of copyright/publication: 3.12.10
  • Page numbers, when specific pages are cited: 3.12.11

AMA: Books

Author(s). Book Title. Edition number (if it is the second edition or above). Publisher's name; copyright year.

Example: Whole Book

Riegelman RK, Kirkwood B. Public health 101 :Healthy people--healthy populations. 2nd ed. Jones & Bartlett Learning; 2015.73:95

Example: Chapter in a Book

Riegelman RK, Kirkwood B.Social and behavioral sciences and public health. In: Riegelman RK, Kirkwood B, eds. Public health 101 :Healthy people--healthy populations. 2nd ed. Jones & Bartlett Learning; 2015.

NOTE: If the authors of a chapter are the same for the authors of the book you include the names in both places.

Author(s). Book Title. Edition number (if it is the second edition or above). Publisher's name; copyright year. URL. Accessed [date].

Example: 

Preedy VR, Watson RR. Handbook of disease burden and quality of life measures. Springer Science. 2009. http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-0-387-78664-3.Accessed February 10, 2012.

Chapter in a Book

Reference to a Chapter in a Book

When citing a chapter of a book, capitalize as for a journal article title; do not use quotation marks. Inclusive page numbers of the chapter should be given.

Example: Author(s). Chapter title. Edition. In: Author, Book title. edition. Publisher, Year: pages.

  1. Bliss CM, Wolfe M. Chapter 34: Common clinical manifestations of gastrointestinal disease. In: Andreoli TE, Cecil RL, eds. Andreoli and Carpenter's Cecil Essentials of Medicine. 8th ed. Saunders/Elsevier; 2010:382-400.

Tip: What if the editor of the book is the same as the author of the chapter?

The rule applies if the authors of a particular chapter and the editors of the book are identical; you will need to include the same name in both places.

  1. Riegelman RK. Chapter 11: Meta-analysis. In: Riegelman RK, ed. Studying a Study and Testing a Test: How to Read the Medical Evidence. 5th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2005:99-115.

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